Simple Anniversary Cake

I made this cake for my mom and dad's 40th wedding anniversary (October 24). It's really simple and beautiful, just like they are.

The bottom layer is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting. The top layer is yellow cake with buttercream frosting.

My intent was to make a polka dot cake...with the polka dots make out of fondnat. However, the night before I spent 2 hours trying to dye the fondant black (new fondant I'm working with) and it wouldn't take. So, I decided to wrap a beautiful ribbon around the cake instead.
I never had this problem with Wilton fondant, but have stopped using it because it tastes so bad. Maybe I'll use Wilton just for the decoration pieces on the cake since it takes color better.

The flowers are fake and not made of fondant. If I had more time, I would have made them out of fondant, but after spending two hours trying to get the fondant black, I was exhauseted. And, who knew that black food coloring turns skin red? My hands are bright red and I now look like I have a disease. It's all worth it for my wonderful parents :-)

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